Mayor Beng bouncing back with vengeance PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 February 2016 14:33

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

Recent developments in interviews and press releases from Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar obviously have changed her public image, different from her detractors’ perception as a “weakling” into a decisive woman, willing to show her political opponents that they are dead wrong from the very beginning.    Her firm and stern warning to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) not to create chaos and havoc again in Zamboanga City was better understood when she allowed lately the deployment of a sizable contingent of battle ready and fully armed Philippine Marines and Philippine Army around the city proper and the city’s boundaries from the East to the West Coast including their mechanized armors, tanks and artillery batteries, when reliable sources informed authorities that MNLF cadres are massing up at the outskirts of the city and planning to conduct a peaceful demonstration in the city proper of Zamboanga.

Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar stood pat and firmed on her decision not to allow the MNLF to conduct activities in the city and refused the MNLF outrightly when they were requesting for a permit for a peaceful gathering in the city. Mayor Beng even went further by announcing that she will order the City Police to enforce the standing Warrants of Arrest against the MNLF for the atrocities they have done to the city last year. This is indeed a welcome relief for the city and her people, we now have a City Mayor willing to protect Zamboanga City at all cost.

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On the issue of domestic problems against her administration when some of her political detractors and their cohorts promised to lodge cases against her and some of her political allies in the city council, she promised publicly in an interview over a popular FM radio station in the city that “she will meet her political detractors head-on to prove them that she has done nothing wrong in any of her decisions for the city”. In the local chabacano dialect she said in the interview “si ansina man, bakbakan ya lang”. Translated “if that is the case, we will fight it out “. Clearly what the City Mayor said publicly that she will fight all her legal battles that are clearly politically motivated.

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The latest reactions of Mayor Beng against her political detractors is surprisingly new. The public knew her as motherly, deeply religious and soft spoken. Perhaps, the many criticisms and untoward charges leveled against her hardened her emotions and as a normal reaction she has to show resistance to stop her political detractors’ “bullying tactics”. This is a good reaction. Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom awakened her fighting senses against the Irish terrorists, when the English conservatives pictured her as a “weakling” leader. Israel’s Prime Minister Golda Meir gave the Palestinian terrorists a “strong punch” of Israeli military might, when the male dominated Knesset, Legislative Department of Israel criticized her as a weak lady prime minister. All these lady world leaders awakened their true intentions as world leaders when they were besieged and pressured. Ultimately, their strength in character earned them the name “Iron Ladies”.

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Mayor Beng has bounced back to the helm of the city and renewed assurance to the city’s populace that they are in safe hands. But, she needs the assistance of her “trusted” people. Her Executive Assistants and Department Heads  must refrain from giving her additional burden of controversial actuation. Without their knowing, they also contribute to the Mayor’s political detractors with additional “bullets of controversy”. They are the image of the City Mayor and to sustain the good intentions, they should help her protect the new image instead of destroying them for their personal aggrandizement. All of them should move in the same direction as with City Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar.

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Scoop: Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar should be on top of the situation on issues like, Peace and Order situation .  Engineering works of infrastructure repairs in the city, business licensing catters, City enterprises like market operation, the newly opened Integrated bus terminal,and agriculture and environmental matters to name some. The trusted people from city hall assigned to monitor these programs can destroy the administration of Mayor Beng on their slightest controversial moves.The costly error might cause the City Mayor’s popularity gain. It has happened many times and the small fire has to be stopped before it will become a conflagration. —  Agree or disagree.